Hardy Magnolia Varieties – Learn About Zone 6 Magnolia Trees:
The name “Magnolia” comes from the Greek word magnos meaning great or mighty. They are a large shrub with a broad spreading habit, reaching up to 30 feet tall and wide. These trees have long slender branches that grow straight up into the air.
Their leaves are greenish yellow, oval shaped and very small at only 1/4 inch across.
These plants have been used for centuries in many cultures around the world for their medicinal properties. The plant’s leaves contain a compound called thujone which has anticonvulsant, sedative and hypnotic effects when ingested. It is believed that the thujone in these plants helps prevent seizures caused by epilepsy.
Thujone is also known to cause hallucinations such as seeing bright colors and hearing voices. The thujone in these plants has also been found to increase blood flow to the brain and improve mental clarity.
In fact it was once thought that all humans were born with this ability to see and hear colors. However, if someone had a congenital disorder causing them not to develop any color vision whatsoever, they would still be able to perceive certain shades of reds, oranges and yellows due to the presence of thujone in the flowers.
The leaves of these plants have also been used as a topical analgesic to relieve pain from certain skin irritations, wounds and sores. Native Americans used the plant’s roots to create a dye for coloring fabrics red or orange. The flowers are also edible and can be made into jams and jellies.
However they are slightly toxic to humans if consumed in large quantities.
Due to these medicinal uses, magnolias have become well known for their beauty and have been cultivated on a large scale for ornamental purposes. There are over 100 different species of magnolia trees all around the world in just about every type of climate and growing condition you can think of.
Hardy magnolia zones:
The hardy zone for this plant is anywhere from zone 5 to zone 7, making it a very tolerant, adaptable plant. This is a very old species of tree and can grow up to 30 feet tall. Their flowers bloom in late spring to early summer and are generally cupshaped, white or pink tinged with red.
It is a deciduous tree, meaning its leaves will change color and fall off in the fall and then regrow the following spring. It prefers to grow in moist, well drained soil and can tolerate some clay or even poor soil as long as it is kept well watered. This tree grows very slowly and will not begin to flower until it is at least 8 years old.
These plants have a long history of human use going back many centuries. The Native American Indians used the plant for various medicinal purposes, treating pain, stomach aches, headaches and even applied poultices of the plant to wounds to keep them free of infection. The flowers were also eaten as they were found to be slightly nutritious.
In Europe, these plants are commonly cultivated as ornamental flowers. The flowers bloom in late spring and early summer and can range in color from a creamy white to a light pink. Their leaves are large and green, growing up to 10 inches long and 6 inches wide.
These plants are dioecious, meaning that there are separate male and female plants. The flowers are able to be cross pollinated by bees and other flying insects. The fruit that grows after pollination is a cone shaped structure called a nut.
These nuts are quite large, growing up to 4 inches long and contain 1 to 3 seeds each, which are edible and high in fat content.
These plants can grow up to 30 feet tall in optimal conditions and can live for over 200 years. They prefer damp soil and are often found near rivers or in marshlands.
These plants have a long history of human use dating back several centuries. Native Americans chewed the leaves of the young shoots to relieve headaches, along with using them as a tonic. The nuts that grow after pollination were harvested and eaten as well.
In the 1700’s these plants were commonly grown in European gardens and were popular decorative plants due to their large flowers. They are still quite common in England, Australia and New Zealand as ornamental plants.
These trees have long been used as a food source for wildlife. Gray squirrels and chipmunks feed on the nuts in autumn when they drop from the trees. Many species of birds also enjoy the nuts as well as the insects that are attracted to the tree.
In modern times, these plants have become known for their health properties as a nutrient dense food that is high in fat content. The nuts themselves are very nutritious and quite tasty. They can be eaten raw, roasted or fried and have less fat than peanuts but more than sunflower seeds.
They can also be made into butter, oil, milk and a number of other products.
The leaves, stems and roots of these plants contain alkaloids which can be poisonous. The nuts themselves are usually safe though the skins should always be removed before eating.
In some areas this tree is becoming a pest as it crowds out more native species. In other areas such as Australia it is an invasive species that is taking over due to humans introducing it to the area.
In some areas these trees are considered a nuisance due to their very strong roots system that can cause damage to buildings and roads. Due to this they are commonly cut down and destroyed.
In some places there has been a push to use more sustainable practices and in particular horses are being used more often than vehicles, especially in the city centers.
A large investment has been made into researching and building new trains, tramways, subways, buses and taxis to help reduce traffic and pollution in the larger cities.
Rail transport is also cheaper to operate than road or air travel and this has helped it gain more passengers.
All electronic devices such as computers, phones, etc. are five times stronger and last longer than their previous generation. However they are slightly bigger, heavier and costlier as well.
The programming and operation of these devices is also different. The old methods of programming, using a standard keyboard and mouse are still available, however a new generation has been introduced that uses the mind directly to program.
It is based on brain scanning technology that was recently developed. A small device is connected to the individual’s head in a bag like fashion. It can scan the thoughts of the user and interpret it into program commands.
Due to the mental training required for this, it can only be used by the skilled few.
The new method of operation is entirely through thought and requires no physical action at all. You simply have to concentrate on what you want the device to do and it will do it for you. This technology is also being used for other things such as weapons guidance, piloting of vehicles and in the medical field.
It allows doctors to perform complex surgery using just their minds.
Due to the high initial cost of this technology, most individuals cannot afford it and so the standard keyboard/mouse and screen system is still in common use.
There has been a growing interest lately in a form of entertainment that was once popular many years ago, this is the game of golf.
A team of people work together to build an entire city at one quarter size, including all buildings, roads, houses, lakes, rivers and mountains. Everything looks very realistic.
The game is a lot like golf where players use special clubs to hit a ball around the city, however this ball is not a ball at all. It is a solid beam of light that is two inches wide and can be sent in any direction with enough force to shatter solid stone.
A laser guidance system ensures that the beams always go exactly where they were meant to and each beam has its own distinct color.
There are many hazards that can affect the beam such as, laser beams of other colors, solid walls and other such things. These hazards can either deflect the beam off its path or completely destroy it.
Due to the complexity of building an entire city, these cities are all built in the virtual world first and then transferred over to a highly advanced super computer. This allows for a great degree of realism and has brought about a revival of this dying sport.
The sporting teams involved now are the Beamers, Lasers, Turbines, Pulsars, Ions and Magnets. Each one has its own distinctive color of laser beam and is headed by a captain. The five captains are; David (Ion team), Ed (Pulstar team), Stacey (Magnet team), Fay (Turbine team) and finally yourself (Lazer team).
You are currently having a practice session on your own, trying to get used to the controls when Fay enters the room. Fay is captain of the Turbine team and her laser beam is bright green.
“Hey Peter, try hitting that door over there,” she says and points over to a door on the other side of the room.
You take aim and hit the door directly in the middle. The door disappears in a billion pieces.
“Wow, you’ve really improved since the last time I saw you hit something,” Fay remarks. “
So have you decided which team to play for yet?”
“Still thinking,” you reply as you hit another door.
“I hope you choose the Turbines,” Fay says. “We’re by far the best team.”
“Well I certainly am glad you came in then, Fay,” a deep voice says from behind you.
You and Fay turn around to see a tall man wearing sunglasses standing in the doorway. He is bald but has a thick black beard. He is muscular yet still slightly on the fat side.
He is also only wearing a pair of shorts. This is Spike, captain of the Beamers team.
“Hi Spike,” Fay says. “
Did we wake you?”
“Yeah, but it’s OK. I was awake anyway. Doing my daily exercise.”
“Oh, right,” Fay says and looks at you.
Spike walks into the room, still only wearing a pair of shorts.
Who’s this kid?”
“This is Peter, Peter this is Spike, captain of the Beamers,” Fay says.
“Hello Peter, I’m glad to meet you,” Spike says in a slow voice and stretches out his hand to shake.
You stand up and confidently shake his hand.
“I’m pleased to meet you too,” you say.
Spike sits down on a nearby chair and crosses his legs. He gazes at you thoughtfully as he speaks.
“So Fay tells me you’re a great laser ball player,” he says. “I hope you realize that you’ll have to make a decision on which team to play for soon.”
“Yes, I know,” you say.
Spike smiles at you and then glances at Fay who has walked over to the other side of the room. She glances at you as well and then looks away blushing.
Spike seems to notice this and a sly grin appears on his face. He then stands up and walks towards Fay.
“You’ll have to come back later, Peter,” he says still grinning. “Fay and I have some team matters to discuss in private.”
Spike puts his arm around Fay’s shoulder and leads her towards the door, completely ignoring her protests. He opens the door and shoves her through it before turning to you.
“Thanks for coming to see us, Peter,” he says with another sly grin. “It was nice to meet you. I’m sure we’ll meet again.”
He then closes the door leaving you alone in the room. After a brief second you hear giggling on the other side of the door and Fay’s voice saying “Help!” You grab your laser rifle and rush towards the door.
You can hear Spike laughing as you yank open the door. On the other side of it is a long tunnel that goes further than you can see either way. You can’t see Fay anywhere and the giggling continues to echo through the tunnel.
“Fay!” you shout and run down the tunnel.
You run for a few minutes, losing all sense of direction before you stop and listen. All you can hear is the laughing still coming from ahead and now behind you. You feel a tug on your pants and look down to see a small gap in the wall with a hand sticking out of it.
You kneel down to look through the gap and see Fay stuck in a tiny hole that is too small for her to move in or out of. She has a terrified look on her face and keeps squirming despite being unable to move.
“Spike put me in here!” she says.
Desperate to help her you look around for something to get her out with but all you find is your laser rifle.
Should I shoot it?”
“No! You’ll make the wall collapse and then I’ll be buried under a ton of rubble!” Fay replies.
“Throw me your rifle and I’ll try to maneuver it under me.”
You do as Fay asks and throw the gun as hard as you can at her. Fay scrambles to get it and drags it back under her. You hear a small explosion as the gun slides into the small hole.
You wait a few minutes for Fay to crawl out before realizing she can’t get the gun back and that you’re alone in the tunnel with no weapon. You call out to Fay but there is no answer. She must have crawled further down the tunnel to find another way out.
You turn and walk in the other direction, determined to find her.
“Fay! Fay!” you shout.
You continue shouting her name and walking down the tunnel, checking every side tunnel you come across. After nearly an hour you’re forced to stop as a group of pale naked humans covered in dirt and grime come out of a side tunnel. They stare at you for a few seconds and then a booming voice comes out of the tunnel they just emerged from.
“Fay has escaped,” the voice says. “Repeat, Fay has escaped.”
The humans suddenly look panicked and begin running in your direction. You turn to run but feel a sharp pain in your back. You turn around and see one of the humans holding a long blade.
“Human slaves are not allowed to run in the tunnels,” he says.
You try to run but a second human tackle you to the ground. You scream as the others surround you and begin stabbing you repeatedly with their blades.
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